Old MIll makes its early runs stand up in 8-5 win over N'east 3 Eagles errors put team in hole in league opener.

March 26, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff

It's always better to be early than late, and yesterday in Millersville host Old Mill was early and Northeast a little too late in the first Anne Arundel County League game for both.

No. 9 Old Mill (3-0, 1-0) took a 6-0 lead after two innings, added two in the sixth and then held on to post an 8-5 victory over No. 12 Northeast (0-2, 0-1). The visiting Eagles (0-2) scored all their runs on three homers in the top of the seventh.

"The score in the paper is going to look different than the complexion of the game, " said Old Mill coach Mel Montgomery, who notched his 295th (295-104) career victory. "(After) Six innings, it was 8-0, and then all of a sudden it's 8-5. It looks like a good ball game, but Northeast hung ijn there."

Montgomery's Patriots jumped on Northeast's Billy Robbins (six innings, ten hits, two walks, one strikeout) for a run in the first and five in the second highlighted by third baseman Mark Campbell's two-run dinger over the left field fence.

Robbins could have avoided the big inning and two-run shot by Campbell had it not been for three Eagle errors.

Campbell was 3-for-4 on the afternoon while leadoff batter Brandon White and Steve Fogler had two hits each. Fogler had a double and two RBIs while Derek Dawson, and Jimmy Jackson each knocked in a run.

"We're hitting the baseball all the way through the line-up and that was a bg question mark coming into the season, " said Montgomery, who lost eight starters from his county champion. "We have unproven hitters and you don't know what they're going to do."

Jackson's RBI came in the bottom of the sixth to make it 7-0 and when Northeast centerfielder Mike Little dropped a fly ball, the Pats scored an eighth run. Later those two runs would prove to be insurance runs when the Eagles got Old Mill starter, Alan Gowing.

Gowing took a three-hit shutout into the seventh before the Eagles got to him. Through six innings, Gowing, who became the third Patriot hurler to post a win after having never pitched a varsity inning until this week, struck out five and did not walk a batter.

Campbell started three double plays behind Gowing going 5-4-3 to end the second and sixth innings, and in the fifth took the long way for two.

After throwing out Ryan George on a topped ground ball, Campbell back peddled to third to take a return throw from first baseman Fogler. Brandon Whipps, who had singled with one out, tried to take the extra base and was thrown out.

Pub Date: 3/26/98

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